from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being spruce; smartness of appearance or dress.

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  • noun the property of being spruce, of being neat and elegant

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state of being neat and smart and trim


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spruce +‎ -ness


  • Leith had made sure he was as spick and span as the others at the interviews and induction course and had maintained a high level of spruceness throughout six months of training and the subsequent eighteen months of probation.

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  • There was a change also, David did not very well know of what nature, about the exterior of this landed proprietor — an improvement in the shape of his garments, a spruceness in the air with which they were put on, that were both novelties.

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  • A spruceness of dress is also very proper and becoming at your age; as the negligence of it implies an indifference about pleasing, which does not become a young fellow.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • By dress, I mean your clothes being well made, fitting you, in the fashion and not above it; your hair well done, and a general cleanliness and spruceness in your person.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • Johnson arrayed with unusual care in a new suit of clothes, a new hat, and a well-powdered wig; and could not but notice his uncommon spruceness.

    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith

  • His bed at the three feathers was hard, the pillow lumpy, the ale insipid, the food ill-prepared, the service less than prompt, the taproom noisy, and the whole place lacking something in spruceness even though it was passably clean.

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  • He had arrived at Lucinda, had charmed “Little Jinny” with his manly presence and spruceness and the amount of his personal property, supplemented by the display and free bestowal of

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  • The modest spruceness, the sedateness and tidiness of his earlier years, was replaced by a careless swagger and slovenliness quite insufferable; he rolled from side to side as he walked, lolled in easy-chairs, put his elbows on the table, stretched and yawned, and behaved rudely to his aunt and the servants.

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  • Cleanliness and spruceness are the rule among the Quincy Market men and stall-keepers.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866

  • A gray flannel shirt, dark trousers, carpet slippers, an old dressing-gown … This morning the shipowner had none of his usual spruceness.

    Death of a Harbormaster


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